No, super-gonorrhoea isn’t the worst movie villain of all time, it’s the new illness which is wreaking havoc among numerous cities in the UK – but which one is the most vulnerable to a terrifying epidemic?
Apparently Liverpool’s antibiotic habits mean the city is potentially the most vulnerable in England to a ‘super- gonorrhoea ’ epidemic, reports the Mirror.
Here’s a list of the top ten cities in the UK at the biggest risk of the outbreak. The numbers refer to the amount of prescriptions handed out for every 100,000 people:
- NHS LIVERPOOL 68.1
- NHS DURHAM DALES,
- EASINGTON AND SEDGEFIELD 64.4
- NHS SUNDERLAND 56.1
- NHS NEWCASTLE GATESHEAD 56.1
- NHS NORTHERN, EASTERN AND WESTERN DEVON 52.1
- NHS CUMBRIA 48.1
- NHS ST HELENS 44.0
- NHS NORTHUMBERLAND 37.8
- NHS SOUTH TEES 35.7
- NHS NORTH TYNESIDE 33.5
It is reported that doctors in Liverpool hand out more of an antibiotic, used to treat gonorrhoea, called azithromycin than anywhere else in the UK.
This drug is one of only two – the other called ceftriaxone – used to treat gonorrhoea.
But the worrying part is that these two drugs are the last antibiotics which can get rid of gonorrhoea as the STI has developed resistance to all of the others.
The Public Health England (PHE) even went so far as to send a warning out about of a strain of the sexually transmitted infection that is highly resistant to azithromycin, specifically in Leeds.
If this strain was able to spread across the country then ceftriaxone would be the only drug available to treat gonorrhoea.
If gonorrhoea was able to overcome ceftriaxone then the STI would be essentially untreatable causing this ‘super-gonorrhoea’ outbreak, as it has been dubbed, to spread like wildfire.
Just two months back, George Osborne claimed that if we become resistant to antibiotics, which is a very real threat, then our resistance could go onto be a bigger threat to the world than cancer while costing the global economy £70 trillion…